Personal Trust

DEFINITION of 'Personal Trust'

A trust created for a person or persons. Personal trusts can be used by wealthy or middle-class beneficiaries to accomplish a variety of financial objectives. Personal trusts are separate legal entities that have the authority to buy, sell, hold and manage property for the benefit of their beneficiaries.

BREAKING DOWN 'Personal Trust'

Personal trusts can take many forms. They can be revocable or irrevocable, living or testamentary. They can fund education expenses, meet special needs of beneficiaries or allow them to avoid or reduce estate taxes. They can also be separate taxable entities or pass-through entities.

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